Question from a reader:
On your website you often talk about how ‘Earth is a school’ where we learn soul lessons. I’ve read books by spiritual teachers that claim that we’re not here to learn and that this concept of ‘Earth school’ is a myth. These teachers claim that as souls, we are not here to learn because we’re already ‘perfect’, instead we’re here to have fun and manifest what we desire in life.
What do you make of this?
I believe the reality is a lot more complex than some people present.
The Akashic Records say that souls incarnate here for different reasons. Each soul has their own individual purpose for coming here, based on what the soul’s goals are for this lifetime, and sometimes which soul group of origin the soul belongs to.
Some souls come to contribute something to planet earth, others come here primarily to learn, some come to support other souls in their learning & evolution, and then some souls come here just to have experiences and enjoy themselves.
So as an Akashic Record reader, those are the 4 main reasons I come across for souls incarnating here.
This is why it’s not accurate to make a blanket assertion about what “all souls” are here to do.
In this article I’m going to look at the four different types of lifetime a soul can have (aka reasons for incarnating). Perhaps you will recognise yourself and your own experiences in this lifetime, in one of these:
1. The Learning Lifetime
The learning lifetime is somewhat self explanatory — some souls come here primarily to expand their souls through learning.
Souls may choose this sort of lifetime when they have an energetic quality they are lacking in themselves that they need for a future lifetime.
On the soul level, we always have strengths (look to your soul group of origin and your soul trainings for those) but there are definitely also energetic qualities that we lack in ourselves.
It isn’t correct to say we’re already “perfect” on the soul level. The only perfected being would be God/Source/Spirit. That is because Spirit or God contains every energetic quality out there. God is all of it. As souls, we’re fragments of these energetic qualities. We’re some of those energetic qualities, but we’re not all of them.
To give an example, a soul who is naturally a very compassionate, loving soul (who has also developed healing skills as a result over the course of many incarnations) may excel in love and healing, but may be so used to helping others, that she lacks the ability to receive help and love from other people. And so she, in this lifetime, may be learning balance, which through various experiences that she has here on earth, gets integrated more fully into her being, as she learns and progresses through the lifetime she’s in.
God contains all of those energetic qualities, but she doesn’t. She excels in one quality (generosity), and lacks in another quality (receiving or balance). That’s how soul gifts work — there’s always an upside and downside to them.
So, the purpose of learning/evolution, is to give our souls experiences that change us slightly on the soul level, so that we can integrate other energetic qualities into our soul, and reach a greater sense of wholeness on the soul level.
When we reach a greater place of wholeness in ourselves by integrating these energetic qualities through our life lessons, we also help to raise the vibration of the planet. So those in a learning lifetime are not only evolving their souls, they’re also evolving the planet.
If you’re someone who is in a learning lifetime and you are into manifesting and the law of attraction, it can help to take your primary life lesson into account.
For example, let’s say your life lesson is persistence. This may indicate that in previous lifetimes you have quit when the going got tough, and in this lifetime you are learning to see things through to the bitter end. It is likely that whatever you try to manifest or create in this lifetime, is going to take sustained, persistent effort. And then by the time that lifetime is over, your soul has learned something impactful about the value of persistence, which will serve you in future lifetimes.
Or to give another example, if your life lesson is moderation (like mine is), your powers of manifestation and creation in this lifetime will be amplified if you avoid extreme behaviours and extreme patterns of thinking. People exploring moderation as an energetic quality would not be served by an ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Instead, they will be served by taking ‘the middle path.’
Signs you’re in a ‘learning’ lifetime include:
- Having lots of challenging experiences (especially in one’s early life)
- Manifesting and creating things in life come with conditions (and they don’t necessarily come easily, either)
- Noticing that the same challenging experiences showing up again and again — and you’re getting better and better at meeting those challenges.
Note that most souls have some degree of learning and evolution to their lifetime, but for souls in a learning lifetime, the focus is almost exclusively on evolution, and it can be intense.
Now let’s look at a completely different type of lifetime:
The Holiday Lifetime
Do you know people who seem to cruise through life, with opportunities falling into their lap, left, right and centre? They rarely attract trouble and they can manifest what they want, more easily than most?
Such people are often in a holiday lifetime.
Souls sometimes choose a holiday lifetime when they have had a series of intense learning lifetimes and so this time around they want a bit of a break. These sorts of lifetimes tend to be easy and uneventful. And a person in a holiday lifetime usually has no problems creating a comfortable life for themselves. Their relationships go smoothly and they are more likely to be born into privileged families. If there’s anything not to like about a holiday lifetime, it’s that they can be a bit uneventful.
My guess is that the teachers who claim that earth is a playground (and not a school) may be in holiday lifetimes and they are assuming everyone else is. The fact is, earth is both a playground and a school, depending on what the soul chooses.
Note that souls may still learn and evolve a little during a holiday lifetime, but the rate of evolution will be miniscule, compared to a learning lifetime.
It’s common for people I read for, to be in a holiday lifetime — I have wondered if a holiday lifetime gives a soul the time, space or money to stop and take stock of their path through life, and so they choose to sign up for a reading. Whereas on the other hand, those souls in a learning lifetime may have bigger fish to fry right now and no breathing room to take stock and get a reading.
Signs you’re in a ‘holiday’ lifetime include:
- Life has been relatively easy
- You were born into a loving, probably financially comfortable family
- You haven’t experienced many or any really major challenges in life
- You realise you have been ‘dealt a good set of cards’ or had it easier than many of your peers in some ways
- You know or suspect you’ve had some difficult recent past lives.
When I did a life between lifetimes regression several years ago (I wrote about it here), I was told that after a couple of intense learning lifetimes, I was quite tired on the soul level and as a result, was offered a holiday lifetime on an island in the Mediterranean beginning with ‘M’ (Madeira? Malta?) but I turned it down in favour of this lifetime, which has been an intense learning lifetime. (This is my third intense learning lifetime in a row.)
Let’s have a look at another type of lifetime I see sometimes:
The Contribution Lifetime
A contribution lifetime is one where a person has a soul contract to fulfil a particular role with a group of people, often involving being a public figure.
This could involve bringing through an important invention that will change the lives of many people, supporting a large (ethnic, political, religious) group of people in some significant way, or being a leader of some description (such as being Prime Minister). It could also be about fighting for a cause.
People often think they’re in a contribution lifetime but it’s not that common for a person to be in this type of lifetime.
Signs you’re in a ‘contribution’ lifetime include:
- You have always felt a strong sense of purpose and you’re a very driven person
- You enjoy contributing and giving back to society
- You already fit one of the roles mentioned above (you’re a leader in a community or in the world at large, you fight for a cause, or you have created something that has made a big impact on the world.)
The Support Lifetime
A support lifetime is one where a soul incarnates partly to help someone else learn their life lessons. The best way to explain this one, is that when we incarnate here, it’s like we’re all playing parts in the play of life. In order to go through certain experiences, we often need other people to play a part. So let’s say for example, you have a child who has an illness or additional needs, that require a lot of support from you, even into adulthood. Perhaps your child is supporting you in learning something important through parenting him/her. It could be patience, love, acceptance or resilience (to give a few possibilities.)
This is the most common life focus for a soul to have.
Signs you’re in a ‘support’ lifetime:
- You get the sense that a particular significant relationship you have had with another person (such as your spouse, sibling, child or parent) has been a big part of why you chose to incarnate here
- Your personal relationships are your number one priority
- Your relationships are very close ones
- You have children.
So, there you have it — I hope this article has explained why we cannot make big, blanket assertions about why souls are here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the soul’s purpose, check out my Akashic Record Reading Program.
(And just a note for current Akashic Record Reading Program students: you can find instructions on how to find out this info on life focus, on behalf of your clients, in the course forums.)